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Top 8 Best Protection Dogs

Here are some of the most popular dog breeds that are considered the best protection dogs due to their innate defense and protective instincts. Bare in mind that just because a dog is of the mentioned breed it does not mean that the dog will be a good candidate for protection work much less family protection and the opposite is also true, a dog breed may not be on my list and it may produce excellent protection dogs. As you can see from our dog inventory, we are not breed specific. While we do believe that there are certain dog breeds that offer more potential for protection than other, our years of experience confirm that there are exceptions to this. We have come across excellent protection dogs among breeds not commonly used for this type of work and vice versa. Dogs with the genetic potential to become good protection k9 are relatively few.

The Dutch Shepherd

Almost unknown outside Holland, the Dutch Shepherd is valued there for its ability as a herder and for its quick reflexes. Originally an all-purpose farm guard, police dog, cart-puller, and guard dog. This breed has an upright, triangular ears with three different coat length: short, medium (wire haired) and long. It comes in a variety of brindle color including including yellow, silver, red or gold brindle, gray, red, and blue. The short haired type is very common in Holland while the wire-haired is less common and the long-haired is very rare. They have a strong physique with long muzzle and regular teeth. They look a lot like their most common cousin, the German Shepherd. They make great jogging companions. Let them run beside your bike, or take them into the woods or open countryside where they can run freely.

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This breed is friendly, loving, playful and highly energetic. The Dutch Shepherds are among the most competent of all shepherd dogs at such tasks as agility, catch, obedience competitions, guard work, herding, field trailing and companionship. Attached to its territory, and an enthusiastic worker. They are obedient, sober and very loyal to its handler and family. Unwanted visitors will be stopped in their tracks, while known family friends will be greeted enthusiastically. Dutch Shepherds enjoy the company of their own kind and get along fine with other animals. They are exceptional at learning new things, which makes them so much easier to be housbroken. This breed makes an excellent watch and guard dog. Active, lively and alert. The short-haired variety is the most common sort for defense/police dog trials. It needs little care and can withstand fatigue and bad weather.

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Laizhou Hong

Laizhou Hong also known as the Chinese Red Dog, or The Red Dog of China.

Not much information on the breed other than it’s known to have its origins in Shandong province in China. In the 19th century, that province (as well as some other parts of China) was colonized by Germans after Jiao Zhou Bay and Qingdao Peninsula were leased from the Ching Dynasty in 1898. These people arrived in Qingdao Peninsula with their dogs, and after years of breeding their Great Danes and German Shepherd Dogs with local dogs, including the Shandong Xian Hound, the Laizhou Hong was established as its own breed. Red markings (“Hong” in Chinese means red) are a distinguishing hallmark of the breed. They tend to be medium to large 75Lbs-120lbs

Described as a confident and loyal dog that can be friendly and calm. They will fetch a ball but are not crazy for it. We’ve seen, however,  a natural well defined protective instinct, and thus they make excellent and reliable deterrence and protection K9 for those who prefer a calmer breed that although would run a few miles with you would rather just hang out.